A tale of two parties

Before I get started on the media again, what would you say to crashing a party? I noted in a recent letter to the suppliers to our industry that a new energy seems to be evolving with your vendors. It has been growing over the past few years in Utah Februaries, based upon snow sports […]

The heart of a liberal

Like a flash, the election is over and we have turned from a Conservative government to a Liberal. I guess that’s my excuse for reminiscing about political journeys, for countries, for movements and for individuals. For example, we all voted for our choice of MP, but we both knew and were told we were voting […]

E-letter: Only a flesh wound

We are in an intensive news cycle. Between elections in both the U.S. and Canada, recreational mass murder in Oregon, a Russian invasion in Syria, the Pope, the markets and who-knows-what-all, the likely most far-reaching story of the last two weeks has been all-but buried. I am talking about the discovery of Volkswagen’s desertion from […]

Unions vs. Canada

By now, most of you know about the closing of Devlin, Ont.,-based Gingrich Woodcraft, following a vote by employees to unionize the shop last August 17. Union officials quoted in the media seem to want this to be a matter of law and faith. For example, Stephen Boon, national representative for Unifor, the involved union, […]

E-letter: Bogus results, real consequences

About two weeks ago, a very disturbing (to me) report moved on the New York Times. According to the story, a study by a bunch of psychologists showed that the results of the psychological studies they reviewed showed 60 percent of those studies could not be replicated. As you likely know, the scientific method demands that […]

Warning WMC

It is our understanding an entity claiming to be the “Wood Manufacturing Council” is looking to the industry for input. Please be aware that Wood Industry magazine and W. I. Media cannot confirm the validity of “Wood Manufacturing Council.” Industry Canada has disavowed any knowledge of “Wood Manufacturing Council.” Requests made by W. I. Media […]

E-letter: Pecking order

“Well, boys, like I say,” the coach’s voice was a monotone. “There’s the right way to do things, and then there’s the Knudsen way.” The place was Grade 8 phys ed, and the issue was rope climbing. The time was late spring, and I suppose I had watched one too many Tarzan movies. In any […]

Let’s bore some zombies

I was proud to see Prime Minister Stephen Harper stand up to Russia in Ukraine. Of course, I am no foreign policy expert, and Harper may have been acting at the behest of other world leaders that have too much skin in the game already. Germany, England and the U.S. come to mind. If you think […]

E-letter: Looking for a breakout?

For just a moment, I want to talk about both Canadians and Americans at the same time, since there is no reason we, Canadians and Americans, should see our manufacturing, installation and design industries fail in competition against the rest of the world. The reasons are mostly quite obvious. We have all the natural resources […]

Think tank on shark tanks

I was proofing our Bullets section for this issue, and noticed the item from the Fraser Institute claiming that Canada’s aging population is stunting entrepreneurship. According to the study, between 2004 and 2012, the rate of business start-ups in Canada declined by 16.2 per cent while the proportion of the population over the age of 65 […]